To call the Boone Central/Newman Grove Lady Cardinals’ past weekend challenging might be an understatement.
Daunting may be the better description.
BC/NG went on the road Friday night to face Stanton (13-1, C1 #9 by Omaha World-Herald), then found conference foe Guardian Angels Central Catholic (11-1, C2 #2 by OWH) waiting the following night in Newman Grove.
The results was a pair of decisive losses that dropped the Lady Cardinal record to 4-8.
Stanton’s defense harried BC/NG throughout the first half and the Mustangs benefitted from a 13-4 second-period run that sparked a 44-29 victory Friday.
The Cardinals fought back from a 22-9 halftime deficit with Sadie Wallin sinking three of her five three-point baskets in the second half, but could not dent the big deficit.
Guardian Angels Central Catholic has long had one of the best outstate girls basketball programs in Nebraska and Boone Central/Newman Grove saw another edition of the Bluejay powerhouse Saturday.
The Bluejays raced to a 43-14 halftime lead at Newman Grove and finished the night with a 64-36 Mid-State Conference victory.
BC/NG had all sorts of trouble with GACC’s fullcourt pressure and fast-break attack and couldn’t keep up with the tall, athletic Bluejays in the opening half, as Lexis Haase sank a trio of first-quarter three-point shots and Kate Knobbe tallied nine second-period points.
Even with the huge halftime deficit Boone Central/Newman Grove players never quit, using a 14-point third quarter to spark a 22-20 edge over GACC following intermission.
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